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Hot version of luxury saloon-coupe spied in testing in Germany

These are the latest spy pictures of AMG’s range-topping version of the new Mercedes CLS.

The saloon is set to be revealed at the Paris motor show in September; an estate version will be launched at next week’s Beijing motor show.

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Codenamed C218, the new CLS sits on the same underpinnings as the current E-class, with a 20mm longer wheelbase than today’s model along with a corresponding increase in length, taking it to around 4950mm. But as with the first-gen CLS, the new car is more about style than interior space.

The AMG CLS will use a new turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine. Set to replace the existing naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8, it produces 537bhp, an increase of 30bhp over today’s model.

And an even more powerful version of the same engine will be offered as part of a performance package, with 563bhp - enough muscle to fire the new four-door to 60mph in just 4.2sec.

The AMG CLS will use the seven-speed MCT (multi-clutch transmission) unit that features in the E63 AMG.

The dynamic improvements brought to the new E-class should be reflected in the new CLS. The two cars share the same chassis and steering system.

Inside, the car receives a unique dashboard and interior trim to separate it from the more formal E-class saloon. The increase in exterior dimensions and longer wheelbase have created more room inside, and luggage capacity goes up to 530 litres.

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Lanehogger 15 April 2010

Re: Next Mercedes CLS AMG: pics

Seems AMG Mercs will still set the standard for tailpipes for performance cars. The quad rectangular items look superb!